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Repairing Lid/Roof Element Pins with Pyrolite

Pyrolite adhesive under the lid element.


Repairing Lid/Roof Element Pins with Pyrolite

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Most Paragon firebrick glass kilns use a pinless element groove in the lid or roof. The element coils are wider than the groove opening, so the elements don’t need pins. The earlier lid/roof elements used pins.

When an element pin loosens, you can secure it with Pyrolite, a refractory joint and patch compound. Pyrolite comes in a 10.3-ounce plastic tube that fits into a gun applicator. (The applicator is the type used for caulking compound and is sold in hardware stores. It has a ratchet-type trigger for squeezing out the compound.)

There are two ways to use Pyrolite on lid/roof elements:

Securing an Element Pin

1) Unplug the kiln.

2) Apply Pyrolite to the prongs of the element pin. Use only a small amount.

3) Insert the pin into the firebrick lid or roof at a sharp angle--almost sideways. Cover only one element coil with the pin.

4) When inserting the pins, make sure the tip of a pin does not touch another pin inside the firebrick lid or roof.

5) Allow the Pyrolite to dry completely before firing the kiln.

Securing a Sagging Lid/Roof Element

Note: You can gently move a cold nickel-chrome element. But you should not move a cold iron-chrome-aluminum element, which becomes brittle after it has been fired. To find out which type of element you have, touch the element with a magnet. The iron-chrome-aluminum element attracts the magnet; the nickel-chrome element does not.)

1) Unplug the kiln.

1) While the element is cold, gently pull the sagging element section from the groove so the element is positioned just out of the groove.

2) Vacuum the groove.

3) Squeeze a bead of Pyrolite into the groove.

4) Press the element into the groove. It is okay for the element to partially embed into the Pyrolite. But the side of the element that is toward the firing chamber should not be covered with Pyrolite. Completely embedding the element in Pyrolite could make the element overheat.

5) Allow the Pyrolite to dry completely before firing the kiln.



Q. I am purchasing a used Paragon kiln. I could fit it in my station wagon, but only if I tipped it on its side. Is there any danger in moving a kiln this way? Or should I spend the bucks and rent a trailer?

A. I would hesitate to move a kiln on its side. This could break the elements and damage the lid. The kiln should be moved in an upright position. Please lay a sheet of cardboard between the lid and kiln body to prevent lid damage.



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Linda Grant of Poway, California won a Paragon Digital Caldera kiln with Bead Collar. Her name was drawn last Sunday at Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. She wasn’t present at the drawing, so we left her a phone message, and she called us later this week. “I don’t believe I really won!” Linda said.


Last week John, Shelia, Adelaide, and I attended Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas. We enjoyed meeting many Kiln Pointers readers there.

Our return flight arrived in Dallas Monday at 5:00 a.m. John Hohenshelt drove me home from the airport. “Arnold, it’s been another good one,” he said as he opened the tailgate of his Suburban and I pulled out my suitcase. John drove away; the sound of the engine receded into the morning darkness. I unlocked my front door, and Jack, my beige cat, greeted me. After I had spent three days at airports and the show, my home felt as silent as a monastery.

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